Winning Your Battles Since 1958 Over $2 Billion Awarded to Our Clients

Philadelphia Boating Accident Lawyers

$2 Billion in Verdicts & Settlements Won Since 1958

Maritime accidents occur in or around a body of water and can involve pleasure boats, motorboats, sailboats, crabbing vessels, fishing boats, ferries, sightseeing boats, towboats, tugboats, party boats, cruise ships, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, tubing, white water rafting, water ski’s, or parasailing, in addition to others. When safety protocol is ignored, boating passengers can be severely injured while at sea or on the water—when that happens, injury victims turn to our Philadelphia boating accident attorneys at The Beasley Firm.

Several lawyers at are firm are avid and passionate boaters with more than 60 years of sailing and motor boating experience. We understand what can go wrong in these cases and who to hold accountable when an unfortunate boating disaster strikes victims and their families, leaving them with bills to pay and nobody to turn to. Our firm makes sure that our clients’ injuries, medical expenses, emotional trauma, and suffering is addressed in court and compensated for.

Since 1958, we have been the most effective lawyers in Philadelphia:

  • More than $2 billion for our clients in 55+ years
  • More than 300 results larger than $1 million
  • The largest personal injury verdict in Pennsylvania
  • More million-dollar verdicts than any firm in the region

We understand boating accidents on a deeply practical and legal level—call (215) 866-2424 for a free consultation to learn if you have a case and how The Beasley Firm can help you.

Our Experience with Boating Accidents

On July 7, 2010, the amphibious sightseeing tour boat, Ride the Ducks, experienced mechanical difficulty while on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The master / captain had smelled smoke and turned the engine off. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the driver of the boat attempted to send a distress signal to a barge that was headed straight into the path of the Duck Boat, but it went unaddressed.

In a frantic attempt to alert the approaching barge, the captain of the Duck Boat tried to send an air horn alert, but that also failed. The barge collided with the sightseeing boat, plunging all of the passengers into the water, killing two Hungarian students. Our Philadelphia boating accident lawyers were retained to represent many of those passengers that were victims of that fatal incident.

Boat Crash Causes: Holding Negligent Parties Liable

Catastrophic injuries or death in or around the water can occur due to several different reasons. Many times, boating accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries and deaths are caused by inexperienced, unlicensed, intoxicated, or impaired vessel operators. Alcohol, certain medications, or recreational drugs can cause slower reflexes, bad or impaired judgment, erratic driving, and other issues. Bad weather, poor visibility, or operating a boat where it should not be can also cause boating accidents. Our experience with these accidents helps our Philadelphia boating accident lawyers understand what caused your injuries and who is responsible.

Any type of maritime, water-related accident, or boating accident can cause:

  • Lacerations or cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Hypothermia
  • Physical and psychological trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Drowning and death

In addition, there could also be product defects, malfunctions, or improper maintenance of sails, propellers, anchors, failure to maintain a proper look out, seat defects, roll bar defects, damaged navigation equipment, communication equipment, ineffective drains, power failures, and improperly treated swim platforms, ladders, stairways or boat floors with an appropriate non-skid surface. Many times, there is improper ventilation of the engine and vessel fuel systems leading to fire and explosions.

Landmark Cases Speak Louder than Promises

Since 1958, the experienced Philadelphia boating accident lawyers of the legendary Beasley Law Firm have aggressively represented individuals injured and family members of those killed in or around a body of water. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for free, no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.

Call our award-winning Philadelphia boating accident attorneys at (215) 866-2424 or contact us online to share your situation with us in a free, no-obligation consultation.

  • Personal Injury $907,000,000

    The largest judgment ever against a single individual, against Ira Einhorn for the murder of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux.

  • Personal Injury $104,000,000

    $104 million for September 11 victims, the only September 11 verdict in history.

  • Medical Malpractice $100,000,000

    The largest medical malpractice verdict in Pennsylvania history.

  • Medical Malpractice $55,000,000

    2nd largest medical malpractice verdict in history.

  • Birth Injury $37,000,000

    Jim Beasley, Sr. and Marsha Santangelo tried a six-week-long medical negligence case on behalf of a brain injured child.

  • Complex Litigation $34,000,000

    The largest defamation award in Pennsylvania history.

  • Aviation Accidents $29,000,000

    Record setting verdict for an airplane crash that involved a seat defect in a Cessna aircraft.

  • Medical Malpractice $20,500,000

    Our firm used all its resources to obtain a highly publicized $20.5 million verdict for the family of a teenage woman.

  • Medical Malpractice $20,000,000

    Jim led his team at The Beasley Firm to one of the largest malpractice recoveries in a very conservative county and in the history Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Personal Injury $16,250,000

    We were able to invest over $400,000.00 in costs to prepare this file, allowing our attorneys to enter the courtroom with no stone unturned.


We Believe Quality Representation Matters

Why Choose the Beasley Firm?
  • Achieving Record Setting Verdicts & Settlements For Over 60 Years.
  • Over $2 Billion Awarded On Behalf Of Our Injured Clients.
  • Listed In Best Law Firms And Recognized By Best Lawyers In America.
  • Free Case Evaluations And Contingent Fees Available.

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